1. Wash hands with warm or cool water. Washing hands with extremely hot water tends to dry out the skin.
2. Use cream or oil based moisturizers for smoother softer skin. Most lotions tend to be thinner and less effective for dry skin.
3. Use a moisturizing hand sanitizer for cleaning on the go. Regular hand sanitizers are composed primarily of alcohol and tend to dry the skin out.
4. Protect your hands from harsh chemicals and injury by wearing gloves when cleaning or doing manual labor.
5. Use gloves in the winter to help protect your hands from drying out or becoming rough and irritated.
6. Use workout gloves when doing physical fitness activities that involve lifting weights, pull-ups or other use of the hands.
7. Be sure to get the right vitamins and minerals daily – this can have a visibly positive impact on the skin.
8. Wear a high SPF sunscreen on your hands each day. Years of unprotected exposure to the sun can age the skin at a faster rate.
9. Exfoliate your hands regularly to help remove dead skin cells and reveal healthier brighter skin.
10. Use therapy balls for the hands to help provide stress relief and increased circulation. Regularly massaging your own hands is a great way to gain relaxation and relieve tense muscles.
11. Consider wearing spa cotton gloves after applying moisture and before going to sleep at night – this helps to condition the skin at an even deeper level.
Jodi Ann Russell, Ed.D., M.M., B.M., N.C.T.M. is an expert piano instructor who emphasizes mindfulness, relaxation, creativity and technique in personalized piano lessons and master classes online.